December 6, 2009
There's an excellent book that was published a few years ago titled "Covering Catastrophe". The book is about September 11th - and specifically structured from interviews with journalists who were covering the story as it broke on 9/11. In hindsight I think it's easy to critique news coverage from this event because you have the gift of time. I think something people forget when they look back is that the information that was coming into these journalists, producers and directors was extraordinary. They were forced to do their jobs at a time when the rest of the world was able to stop and simply watch. There may be rough patches at each network in their 9/11 coverage, however I believe the events of this day and the wall-to-wall news coverage that extended for more than 100 hours were some of the finest moments in broadcast journalism history.
November 19, 2009
Why not Paula Zahn instead?
I wish CNN would stay in their own coverage when the second plane crash took place and stay away from WABC, WNYW, and many other affiliates.
If CNN stayed away from WABC, the camera picture like the one that showed the video at 9:10 AM would definitely be a better live shot for the second crash. Why not just recap just like what Matt Lauer on NBC news said at 9:00 rather than joining in WABC and what Matt said to recap it was clear all right for me. I enjoy hearing Ira Furhman speaking because he was a NTSB member. I don't like the headline saying "Whole Building Just Exploded" at 9:34 because this can make viewers confused as to what actually happened. I wish Arron Brown had never been born! I don't like the way he talks with um and uhs and says help me out guys. I think PAULA ZAHN should be the very best reporter covering the WTC attacks from the roof where Arron was because I'm saying he is such a rookie! He only been with CNN since July 1, 2001. I wish he has earphones so he can hear better everytime he is talking to reporters like Major Garrett, CNN White House Correspondent at 9:38 AM. I hate the moment at 10:42/41:41 because he is just like my old dad.